We keep talking about novelties for the upcoming International Exhibition of Haute Horlogerie we have just around the corner. This time, fans of aviator watches in general and the signing of Schaffhausen in particular are in luck; 75 years later becomes the Big Pilot’s Watch IWC.
For 75 years, the Pilot’s Watch (caliber 52 TSC) has been the largest bracelet watch manufactured by IWC with its 48mm. millimeters in diameter, a size that is surpassed this year with the new Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage 55 (ref. IW510401), with its strong box 55 mm in diameter, and matched by the new Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage 48 (ref . IW510301), both inspired by the original model.
The model 55 mm. is limited to a series of 100 copies, made in conjunction with their large size makes an application designed especially for collectors piece, while the model of 48 mm., limited to 1,000 copies and with a size, although large, more restrained, yes it is intended for everyday use.
Both watches maintain the essence of the original model 1940, while the model 48 mm. They have adapted certain aspects to make it a watch for daily use. For example, while the Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage 55 has a 98300 caliber hand-wound with a power reserve of 48 hours, the Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage 48 mounts a 59215 caliber also manual winding but reserve 8 days, whose charge can be seen through the window in the rear.
Both the large model and the less great (because calling “small” to watch 48mm. I do not block) share the same box titanium sandblasted significantly reduces the weight of the clock, 150 and 120 grams respectively, compared to 183 grams of the original timepiece in steel. They also have the same matte black dial with luminescent indices and seconds at 6, with its large size ensures perfect readability even under the most unfavorable lighting conditions. The helix-shaped needles and the large conical crown, with slip clutch to prevent excess rope, also maintain the design of the first watches IWC aviation. In fact, the only difference with the original model of 1940 is that it dispenses with the central second benefit small seconds located at 6, the model of 48 mm.complete with a datary.
Two very collectible pieces that complete the collection of watches Aviator IWC for this 2016 in which we will also find the new Big Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 and Mark XVIII, which dispenses with the triple date of its predecessor, the new Timezoner Chronograph hour exlusivas universal and new editions of Antoine de Saint Exupéry and Le Petit Prince.
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